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This website was created by the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI), part of the OECD Public Governance Directorate (GOV).

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Anticipatory Innovation

Governments require future-oriented innovations in order to respond to complex challenges, such as climate change, aging societies and digital transformation, in real time. Anticipatory innovation is the act of creating and implementing new, value-shifting innovations in environments of deep uncertainty, particularly for the purposes of exploration and shaping future priorities.
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Cross-Border Government Innovation

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how the interconnectedness of countries may have made the world more vulnerable to common threats, and has exposed weaknesses in international co-operation. Major challenges are not limited by jurisdictional borders, and demand collective action.
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Behavioural Insights

At OPSI, we support the use of Behavioural Insights from policy design to implementation and evaluation. We have an empirical approach that includes research on context-specific behavioural drivers and barriers, systematically challenging our assumptions and rigorously testing interventions before scaling.
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Innovative Capacity

OPSI undertakes country studies and action-oriented work in order to help governments better understand how to strengthen their innovative capacity to meet national and global goals.
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Innovation Trends

OPSI and the UAE MBRCGI has conducted extensive research, held global Call for Innovations crowdsourcing exercises, and met with innovative teams from around the world to surface key trends, examples and stories. Through this work, OPSI and the MBRCGI have found that governments are testing and implementing exciting and innovative new approaches, transforming the ways in which they operate and serve their people.
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Innovation Portfolios

About Innovation Portfolios Portfolio approaches help reveal, connect and orient diverse and multi-faceted innovation activities according to an overall strategy. Why are portfolios needed? Innovation can be an uncertain investment. There is no guarantee that any single innovation will work, how it will work or what the unintended or unanticipated consequences might be. In an uncertain world, it is dangerous to rely too heavily on any one single strategy or approach. Changing circumstances…
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Mission-Oriented Innovation

Short-term, single stakeholder approaches are not sufficient to address global environmental challenges such as climate change, or complex health challenges such as cancer. Mission-oriented innovation provides a policy framework for tackling the grand challenges facing governments today.
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Innovation Management

About Innovation Management Sound innovation management practices strengthen the effectiveness and longevity of innovation activities. Why a systematised approach to innovation is needed Across the world, individuals, businesses, not-for-profit organisations and governments are thinking about innovation and how it can be harnessed and systematised to achieve growth or create value in organisations, public administrations, and in innovation ecosystems. Despite the existence of many individual…
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Systems Approaches

Systems thinking brings problems to the surface, making it easier for governments to collectively develop, influence and shape solutions, including in relation to grand missions, policy domains and governments themselves.